First shot of the production Fisker Karma

One year after the launch of the Karma Concept, Fisker will unveil the production model at the 2009 NAIAS, in Detroit. The revolutionary Karma becomes the world’s first premium sports sedan to use a hybrid powertrain. Performance promises to be outstanding with a 260-horsepower, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine mated to 22.6-kW lithium-ion battery. Total output exceeds 400 horsepower (408) while accelerations from 0 to 100 km/h are completed in 5.8 seconds.

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Toyota’s Woodstock plant opens, RAV4 now Canadian made

It’s Toyota’s first new Canadian plant investment in nearly 20 years. The automaker’s new Woodstock plant, located in Woodstock Ontario, officially opened Thursday, December 4th. The plant will produce, among other models, the new Toyota Rav4. The updated bestseller was introduced earlier this year with several engine and styling upgrades, as well as reduced fuel consumption and increased safety.

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2009 Mazda RX-8 R3

2009 Mazda RX-8 R3
2009 Mazda RX-8 R3 - Mazda Sport Coupe Review - Automobile Magazine
Here is a sports car that is not only affordable, it’s unique: it shares neither its platform nor its unconventional powertrain with anything else.

There is little that’s unique in today’s automotive world of platform and drivetrain sharing. The Lotus Elise, a niche car that ought not share much in common with anything else, is in fact powered by a Toyota engine once also seen in the Pontiac Vibe. The Volvo C30 uses the same underpinnings as the Mazda 3. Which brings us to the 3’s flashier sibling, the RX-8. Here, at least, is a sports car that is not only affordable, it’s unique: it shares neither its platform nor its unconventional powertrain with anything else.

Photo Gallery: 2009 Mazda RX-8 R3 – Mazda Sport Coupe Review – Automobile Magazine

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